Sand dunes, vineyards & farms

Prince Edward County (PEC) is an island of 800 km of shoreline. With sandy beaches, small towns and a great network of vineyards this Ontario region is your next summer destination

Ontario’s Prince Edward County is an island located in the middle of the Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal triangle. It is also know as Sandbanks, a Provincial Park known for its white beach dunes. It’s a great family destination. With 800 km of shoreline, vineyard and art trails there’s a lot to keep anyone busy for a whole week in a rural setting.

That’s why I’m sharing with some of the photos I’ve taken during our last summer visit to Prince Edwards County.

North Beach Provincial Park

This one kilometer-long beach park is a great alternative to the main crowded Sandbanks beaches. You can swim on either the sheltered waters or on the open Lake Ontario side of the bay. Admission is at $13 per car and you leave and come back (lunch at a vineyard) without additional fees.

Closson Chase Vineyards

The small vineyard specializes in Pinot Noir and is host to a beautiful art gallery which is located in the barn photographed below. There are indeed many vineyards worth visiting across PEC, Closson Chase Vineyards will steal your heart for it’s style, Pinot Noir and charm.

The Vic Café

Picton is the main city on the island. Next door to the movie theatre is a small coffee shop that serves a delicious cortado. The Vic Café is part of Picton’s downtown life and they serve lunch and dinner.

 

Towneplace Suites by Marriott Belleville

Although the region offers a great choice of bucolic houses, we didn’t want to pay the premium that was required. I booked 3 nights at the brand new Towneplace Suites hotel. Read the post to know how many points we used.

The brand specializes in long term stays. We had a large room with a fully-equipped kitchen. We were able to cook most of our meals. Breakfast was complimentary and the swimming pool facility was top notch.

 

The Miller House

No PEC vacation is complete without a lunch at the Miller House. Great coffees, yummy tapas and so much more. But also a great view of the coastline and neighboring islands from the top of the hill.

Once done, if you’re driving eastward, then catch the Glenora ferry.